A rock city is a natural grouping of large boulders that when you walk among them make you feel as though you are on a city street among sky scrapers. Enjoy exploring the cool, quiet, mossy caverns, with some boulders the size of houses!
A rock city cluster
This map below highlights how close these massive rock parks are to each other, nestled in the southwestern corner of New York State. These rock cities each have a unique creation story going back to when the area was covered by a vast, shallow inland sea, impacted over time by continental drift, glacial activity and mountain-building.
This may be bigger than a day trip
You can’t see all of these in one day trip from Rochester, so spread them out over a few months, or spend a night in the area. You’ll want to plan at least an hour for each park. Here are a few resources to learn more about these geo-interesting places!
- Learn about New York State geology watching the videos in this excellent YouTube playlist
- This article on Western New York Explorer’s Guide goes into more detail on a few of the rock parks
- An excellent write up on Panama Rocks geological history
- Rock City Park is on state land, and the DEC has a great article to familiarize you with the area